Anthobium atrocephalum


    A small (3 to 3.5 mm) rove beetle with a broader shape than the typical Staphylinidae.  Identification is difficult – see ‘Recording Advice’.  

    Similar Species

    Anthobium unicolor

    Identification difficulty
    Recording advice

    Unless identified by a recognised expert, a photo is required and the specimen should be examined with a microscope. In the comments box, state the key or ID method used and describe the size and identifying characters.


    Often found in leaf litter in or near to woodland, but may occur in other habitats.

    When to see it

    Has been recorded in most months of the year with a peak around April and May.

    UK Status

    Widespread and fairly frequent in Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland.

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    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    MAP KEY:

    Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
    Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

    UK Map